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The Best Feel-Good Movies

Updated March 10, 2021 487.4k votes 58.1k voters 3.6m views425 items

List RulesVote up the escapist, uplifting films that leave you feeling happy.

Want to feel warm and fuzzy inside? This is a ranked list of the best feel-good movies that make us experience all the good feelings. Featuring wholesome sports movies, light-hearted romantic comedies, and comedy family movies, this list of the top feel-good movies includes nice movies that are easy to watch.  What is the best feel-good movie? These are the movies that have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Whenever you are feeling down, you can simply watch one of these upbeat movies, and it will make you happy.

This list of heartwarming movies includes such classic titles and throwback movies, like Rudy, It’s a Wonderful Life, Big, and Cool Runnings. These really good movies vary in their genre, but they all have the ability to lift our spirits no matter how many times we’ve viewed them. If you are sad, feeling sick, or just looking for a film to get lost in, these titles from the list of the best feel-good movies are what you should be watching.

Whether it’s a drama that has you cheering on the underdog, living a fanciful life in another country, or are just completely silly, these ultimate feel-good films provide something for viewers to enjoy and aspire to. If you’re looking for “the greatest feel-good movie ever” you can find it on this list.

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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    The Princess Bride

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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan
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    Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
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    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara
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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling
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    The Wizard of Oz

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    The Iron Giant

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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson
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    Groundhog Day

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    The Proposal

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds
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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
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    The Truman Show

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    Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

    Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom
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    Legally Blonde

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    Star Wars

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    Ratatouille

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    The Blues Brothers

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    Mulan

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    Cool Runnings

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